Mick Schumacher will remain in the world of Formula 1 into 2023 and possibly beyond after securing a reserve driver role with the Mercedes-Benz AMG F1 team.
The team made the announcement on Thursday, confirming Schumacher will be present at every round of the new season in case he has to step in for Lewis Hamilton or George Russell should either driver have to sit out a race.
“With two years of Formula 1 racing experience, he will be ready to step into the car at short notice to replace either Lewis or George should the need arise,” said Toto Wolff, team principal and CEO of Mercedes F1 in a statement.
Other roles for the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher will include simulator work and assisting with the development of the team’s 2023 F1 car, the W14, according to Wolff.
The young Schumacher made his F1 debut with Haas in 2021 and stayed with the team in 2022, despite losing his seat at the end of the season, with his replacement in the US squad confirmed as Nico Hulkenberg in November.
Another F1 driver who recently lost a seat but was given a reserve role is Daniel Ricciardo. After losing his place at McLaren in late 2022, Ricciardo managed to take a reserve driver role at Red Bull Racing, the former team where he enjoyed most of his success.